A rose petal tea sensory bin is a great spring activity that can be done with common household items!
The other day I saw a mom on a Facebook Support group that I’m on complain about sensory bins.
She didn’t want to have to go to 3 stores, spend $47 buying materials and then spend 29 minutes putting it all together only for her son to play with it for 3 minutes.
And I totally get that. Been there, done that. Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money on something that your kids are done with in less than 5.
That is just one reason I lover this rose petal tea sensory bin. We used only things that we had at home and I even had the kids help me gather some of the supplies.
So it was cheap, involved a nature item and entertained the kids for more than 5 minutes. I felt like I was winning!
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Rose Petal Tea Sensory Bin
To create this activity, we just took a quick trip to the rose bush in the front yard. If you don’t have a rose bush (and don’t want to pick the neighbors) we have some other ideas so that you can still make this rose petal tea sensory bin.
What You Need for Rose Petal Tea Activity
- Clear Bin or Bowl – This is my favorite for sensory bins
- Rose Petals – No roses in your yard? What about a blooming azalea? Wild Flowers? You could also use a package of rose petals from Dollar Tree
- Red/Pink Food Coloring
- Plastic Tea Set & Misc. Spoons from your kitchen
Creating the Bin
Usually when I do sensory bins, I gather the materials and set up the experience. I then introduce it to the kids and invite them to play.
But with this rose petal tea sensory bin, I wanted to change it up a bit. Since it is spring inspired and roses petals are the star of the show, some outdoor time seemed appropriate.
We went outside and spent time collecting petals and adding them to a bucket. I love my little rose bush so the kids were only allowed to collect the petals that had already fallen.
Once you have plenty of rose petals collected, add them to your bin with plenty of water and a few drops of food coloring.
Place a tea set, kitchen utensils and even plastic cups from your kitchen if you don’t have a tea set into the bin.
Hand the beautiful pink rose petal tea sensory bin over to the kids and let their imaginations run.
Play for Varying Ages and Genders
Our rose petal tea sensory bin entertained both my 2 year old boy and 6 year old girl for a good period of time.
My older daughter made a “real” fancy tea party with her bin. She took orders, brewed the tea, added rose garnishes and served her creations.
The 2 year old just had fun splashing around and pouring from the teapot into the teacups and drinking the tea. I’d like to say he pretended to drink but he got a few real gulps in.
Thank goodness it was just water and food coloring. And of course after a quick Google search, I found out that all rose petals are edible. So if you use real petals, this is technically a taste safe activity (although I personally would not recommend it!).
Learning Activities with This Sensory Bin
I love sensory bins because not only are they fun, it is also a great way for kids to learn through play.
Here are some things that the kiddos can learn while using this sensory bin:
- Motor Skills – Pouring and scooping are great for developing those fine motor skills that they will need to .
- Colors – You can talk about colors of the water, flowers, even the cups and tea pot.
- Pretend – Developing the skills for the kids to be able to play pretend is so beneficial.
- Learning about Nature – You can discuss how the roses grow, bloom and then fall to the ground at the end of their life cycle. We played with this bin outside too which added to the nature aspect.
- Sharing and Serving – Learning to share and serve others is something that I think is good for the soul! I loved watching them make “tea” and then let their brother or sister have the first “sip.”
Love this rose tea petal sensory bin? Here are some more to keep those kids busy!